The bottleneck effect should have foreshadowed such a breakdown, and, in hindsight, I ought to have reached for the lotion tissues I stocked so fervently during 2019's cold season and never used again (thankfully). No amount of ranting could offset the pain. I was left to wallow in a vortex of my own thoughts while pondering the most appropriate steps for action.
1) Hoddeok Ver. 2
Having depleted the first batch quicker than anticipated, I set out to craft another octet - this time venturing into a modified batter with glutinous rice flour. The inclusion had been declared necessary for a dose of chewiness by a certain un-recallable source. About 20 g of flour was swapped out from Maangchi's original formula for the gluten-free stabilizer to test the allegation.
With walnuts on hand, I also opted to swap out the toasted sesame seeds with toasted, finely-chopped pieces of the edible seed. Admittedly, they weren't as aromatic, though supplied a nice, subtle crunch.
Approximately one hour later, when our ankles were ready to terminate the session, I proposed a treat to seal the evening on a sweet note. CoCo had been the original suggestion; pulling into the plaza, my gaze could not stray from Baskin Robbins.
It was likely against my better judgement to devour the cones amidst blistering winds. The flavours were delicious, though the urgency to demolish them was stifling.
- Marches (x20)
- Running (x20)
- Single leg "flys"
With Reformer Box in the Long Box position, we navigated to the neck and back muscles.
- In an almost superman position on long box, legs were lifted to hip height and maintained. Only the upper back was engaged to lift the head without scrunching the neck. The gaze was kept natural with the chin lifted slightly to counter excessive drooping due to regular desk work.
- With hands looped through straps, arms were pulled back to the hips in a linear motion (no Snow Angel arms) for further engagement of the upper back. I was instructed to pull further, which drew attention to my limited range of motion and upper body strength.
- In the same lying positions with the elbows bent, tricep extensions were conducted - a burning sensation indeed.
These movements were counteracted with spinal rotations with arms extended in airplane mode. The hips were to stay facing the front of the room, with only the trunk rotating as to provide relief for tense arounds surrounding the shoulders and neck, and along the spine/upper to mid back.
With the Long Box placed on the ground beside the Reformer, one foot was placed on the Carriage while the other atop the Reformer Box. Feet were spaced out at hip distance. The foot on the Carriage rested against the closest shoulder rest, leg extended. The leg on the Long Box was bent slightly, and the body hinged forward with a neutral spine. Maintaining extension of the leg (and attempts to prevent rotation in the pelvis), the standing leg was bent and straightened while maintaining extension of the leg on the Carriage. A variation then ensued, with the leg on the Long Box fixed in a bent position for stability and leg on the Carriage bent and extended to solidify isolation of the static leg.
A hip stretch with the legs crossed on the Carriage was used to counter the contraction.
We suffered the ashen odour for the following week, staying vigilant for dark particles unleashed through condensation.